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  1. ply33

    VIN location help

    On my '33 Plymouth the engine number, well almost the engine number, is stamped on the driver side frame rail between the running board supports. I say "almost" because my car is a PD and the number on the frame rail says PC but has the same sequence number. I am pretty sure it was a production line mistake as the build card for my car shows the body, engine and serial numbers that are on my car. And thinking of the build card, it might be possible for someone at the MVD to call Chrysler Historical with the serial number and verify that the engine number matches Not sure about that, but back in 1978 when I moved to Maryland my car had NY paperwork that used the engine number. I asked the lady at the counter if I could have the MD paperwork use the serial number and she disappeared for about 45 minutes. When she came back she said "it matches up" and issued the paperwork using the serial number. At the time I thought she was just taking a break and used research on my paperwork as an excuse for taking a long time. But later I found out about the existence of build cards and now think she might have phoned Chrysler to verify the information. Finally, while I only have Plymouth serial numbers on the page you referenced, the "calculator" on the top right of the page uses tables that covers North American Chrysler built cars up to 1974 so you can enter your serial number or early VIN and see what where it was built, etc. I have a few tables with engine numbers for it to use too but that is pretty spotty.
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    Log truck

    Were it in California, even today, they could be fined for speeding if they exceeded 15 MPH or, more likely looking at the load, 12 MPH. See:
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    Log truck

    And the bottom of this photo has "Seattle" written on it along with the photographer ("Darius Kinsey" if I make it out correctly).
  4. Don't know but I suspect the acorn nuts were somebody's attempt to dress up the engine. Generally on Chrysler built vehicles of that era I only seen nuts with no washers. But I have absolutely no documentation from that era to back up my suspicions.
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    I actually saw one of those on the road in the last week. I'd pretty much decided that they were entirely hype and no actual manufacturing so it surprised me. Regarding a number of negative comments about a Tesla (I don't have one): They remind me of a lot of comments about how horrible the hybrid technology was when it first hit the US retail market. Nowadays I've been reading about how the Toyota Prius is one of the most reliable cars out there and that one of the big issues of the early generations Prius models is that they only designed the odometer to go to 300,000 miles. And you have hybrid technology in practically every manufacturer's line up on everything including SUVs and mini vans. FWIW, I have a plug-in hybrid now and I've discovered that, at least for me, there is a plug-in hybrid equivalent to the EV driver's "range anxiety": I call it "range annoyance". It happens when a trip is just a little too long to make on all electric mode and the gas engine kicks in for the last little bit of the drive. Currently showing a little over 1/2 tank of fuel and its been over 600 miles since I filled up the 11 gallon tank.
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    Brings back memory of going to college. Born and raised in Southern Arizona so no rust or corrosion issues to speak of on the "new" family car which was only 7 years old when I flew off to Upstate New York for freshman year. Got of the plane and was astounded to see all those "brand new" (i.e. less than 5 year old) cars with rust showing through and absolutely nothing as old as our "new" family car in the airport parking lot. I live in a coastal area now where salt could be an issue, but I am about 1/4 mile from the beach so the salt content of the morning fog at our house is pretty low and the car stays in the garage when we aren't driving it so I am not expecting salt accelerated corrosion to be a problem. Bad roads can be a problem anywhere but the two older cars seemed to deal with the roads in our area pretty well (original steering and suspension components, etc.) on both at the time of sale for one and the collision for the other.
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    Really? Just sold the spouse's 17 year old car as we decided we didn't need two daily drivers anymore. And the 2017 purchased last fall was to replace my 14 year old car that was totaled in an accident. I fully intend to keep the 2017 for at least 10 or more likely 15 years.
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    In California Pacific Gas & Electric (Northern California), San Diego Gas & Electric and, I believe, all the other utilities have swapped out all the residential electrical meters for "smart meters". Those meters save them money as they don't need the manpower to go around and read them. But they also are capable of reporting the amount of power used based on time. If you get an EV or plug-in vehicle you are strongly encouraged to change from the old traditional tiered electrical rate plan to a "time of use" rate plan. Basically your electrical cost depends on how much you use and what time of day use use it. Up to you to decide to set your car to charge when you want. During summer it is much cheaper to charge the car at the "super off peak" time than during peak hours. During winter the difference in peak and off peak rates are not as big.
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    There was a link some posts back on this thread that covered those points if you cared to click through. Basically the subsidies, tax breaks, etc. are not much different than those the petroleum industry is getting. FWIW, there is a limit on the total number of cars by a single manufacturer for which purchasers can get a tax break. And unlike the other plug-in hybrid or pure EV car manufacturers, Tesla is pretty much at that limit which means very shortly their buyers won't get Federal tax breaks. California has instituted a fee paid during registration for EVs, and I think plug-ins, to cover the decreased gasoline road tax being collected.
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    Historically electrical utilities have had little or no control over demand so to keep the grid stable they vary the thing under their control: Supply. For that reason electrical utilities like to have a stable or slowly changing demand as it takes time to bring a large power plant on line or to take it off line. In the convoluted terminology, end user generated power is apparently called "negative demand". You might find this interesting: It is my understanding that Hawaii has enough solar electric generation that they sometimes end up with more "negative demand" in the middle of the day than there is load to soak up. And that is a nightmare for people trying to manage the electrical grid and keep it stable. One suggestion is to encourage charging electrical vehicles at times when there is peak solar: I've got our plug-in hybrid set to start charging when the "super off peak" rates begin. At present that is midnight. It would be trivial to change the setting in the car to move it to another time of day.
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    Font question

    +1 to this! Even into the late 1930s a lot of print advertising lettering was all done by hand even if it looked typeset. The artist might be modeling the letter forms on a cast hot metal font or have been inspired by one, but the actual "type" was often hand drawn. I think that pretty much went away by the 1940s for body text but suspect that headline text was often hand drawn even into the 1960s. Unfortunately, I've lost track of where I read about all this even though I still have vivid memories of a photo sequence showing the progression from designer's conception through printed ad that included showing the hand lettering in various stages of completion. Based on that graphic design environment it would surprise me if the lettering or logos on very many makes of cars would have been from an "off the shelf" type style.
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    The Ressurection of Daphne - a 1932 DL

    Woohoo! Congratulations! Looks and sounds great!
  13. I can't find it at the moment, but someplace I have some literature from the 1970s with a list of items that Chrysler claimed to be first with. If I recall correctly, an adjustable driver's seat sometime in the 1920s was on the list. I know my 1933 Plymouth has an adjustable driver's seat which I need to have adjusted all the way back. I am surprised that a '29 and/or '30 DeSoto doesn't have an adjustable seat.
  14. Takes longer than the 5 minutes in muriatic acid but I like using electrolysis to remove rust: All you need is a non-conductive container like a plastic bucket, a battery charger, some sacrificial material and some washing soda. Doesn't eat up good metal and everything is pretty safe including easy disposal of the old solution if you don't care to reuse it.
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    Third brush generator regulator

    Something wrong with the link, the display is correct but when you click on it the wrong site is attempted. Correct link to the top of the site is and the actual page about the voltage regulator is at FWIW, it has been over 17 years since I wrote that page and the voltage regulator is still working perfectly. Glad my website could be of use.